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Terms Used in the Sticker Printing Industry


Gloss Stickers

Self-adhesive vinyl stickers with a shiny finish

Gloss finished stickers can be produced using permanent or removable self-adhesive vinyl. They can be cut to any shape, made to any size and produced in any quantity.

You can order from just a single sticker to hundred's of thousands. No job is too small or big for us.

Gloss stickers presented on sheets as standard or optionally as individuals. They can also be printed onto clear vinyl to make transparent stickers.

Matte Stickers

Self-adhesive vinyl stickers with a non-shiny finish

Our matt/matte finished stickers can be produced using permanent self-adhesive or removable vinyl. They are elegant and stylish, perfect for the subtle effect.

At Edge Stickers we print stylish matt stickers in superb full colour or opaque spot colours. These stickers can be cut to any shape and size.

Spot Colour Stickers

Self adhesive vinyl stickers that are printed with an ink using a single run.

Typically, spot colour stickers are printed using either silk screen or using thermal transfer printers. Stickers printed using spot colours are often more dense than when printed using 4-colour process CMYK. Spot colours are suitable when a design has one or two flat (non-gradient) colours. However, in theory several spot colours can be used within a single design.

Spot colour printing is used when more specialist colours are required including metallic, fluorescent or neon colours.

Spot colour printing has the advantage that sequential numbers (or a pre-set alphanumeric series) can be easily added to your sticker design making each of your stickers unique, branded with a different number or code.

Weatherproof Stickers

Vinyl stickers that are suitable for outdoors

All our self-adhesive vinyl stickers are manufactured using water resistant inks (and resins) making them suitable for outdoor use in all weather conditions. The adhesives used in these stickers repel water and continue to bond even under water.

We regularly make stickers that are applied to canoes, boats and even air tanks used in deep sea diving. Our vinyl stickers can also withstand seawater without impacting the ability to adhere to a surface.

If your custom stickers need to withstand extreme conditions please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a wide range of materials that we can choose from.


A clear film that is applied over the print to protect the inks from scratching or destroyed by solvent cleaners

Lamination is more often performed with digitally printing than with screen or thermal sticker production and is recommended when stickers are to be subject to a high degree of abrasion

For an extra charge all of our colour vinyl stickers may be laminated. window stickers do not need to be laminated because we already apply a white backing that serves as a laminate.

Stickers printed by thermal transfer or silkscreen rarely require lamination since they already are extremely durable against abrasion.

Lamination often doubles the thickness of the sticker.


A synthetic man-made material made from ethylene (found in crude oil) and chlorine (found in regular salt)

When processed, both the substances are combined to form Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) resin, or as is commonly referred to - Vinyl. By employing further chemistry, vinyl can be made flexible, rigid or semi-liquid; clear or colorful; thick or thin – making it the world’s most versatile plastic material.

Vinyl was first invented in 1920 by scientists who wanted to develop a material that would help to manufacture everyday products that were easier to make, more durable, and cheaper than what was available. Today, vinyl has become the second largest manufactured and sold plastic resin in the entire world.

The most common use of vinyl is that in construction, especially as vinyl flooring and vinyl siding. In fact, these uses of vinyl are often thought of as its only uses. In addition to these, however, vinyl has many other uses because of its ability to combine with various additives and modifiers, thus making vinyl highly suitable to be used in the manufacture of many different products such as window stickers, signage, banners, displays and exhibitions.

Common Properties Of Vinyl

Vinyl is resistant to moisture and humidity.

It is a very strong and durable plastic material.

Vinyl can be manufactured in a variety of colors, both transparent and solid.

Vinyl is a very low cost material to produce.

Vinyl is a plastic material, which unlike other plastics, can easily be recycled. Because of the durability of vinyl, products made from this material have a long life span. Add to this the fact that the vinyl can then be recycled, translates into an even longer life of the vinyl plastic resin.

Vinyl is a very environment friendly material, not only because it can be recycled, but also for many other reasons. Vinyl helps in the preservation of environmental resources as 57% of vinyl is made from common salt, which is a renewable natural substance. Non-replenish able resources such as crude oil only account for 43% of vinyl resin, thus making it nature friendly.

In comparison to various other materials used by the packing industry, vinyl requires lesser amounts of natural resources to make, utilizes much lesser energy for manufacture, and also releases lower emissions into the environment.

Thus vinyl, a synthetic man-made material, has truly revolutionized the entire plastic resin industry.

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Date Published:
Last Update: 6 May 2016

Publisher: Edge Stickers